Accidentally touched exposed electrical box wire


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Old 10-26-14, 08:33 PM
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Accidentally touched exposed electrical box wire

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My house is currently under construction and I went out today to purchase a range hood to fit over the oven between two cabinets. I took it out of the box to make sure it fits and placed it over the oven. The good news is that it fit, the bad news is that there was an open electrical box that I had not noticed and the copper(ground?) wire touched the range hood(stainless steel) and cause a bit of a spark followed by 2 lighting fixtures going off. The electrical outlets still work. I flipped all of the breakers off and back on but the lights will not turn on. On the breaker panel one of the breakers does not turn on fully, it shows red through the window and is a bit loose, though not fully in the middle. The first time I switched it off and back on it produced a spark. I tried replacing the fixture bulbs, no luck. What should I do?
 
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Old 10-26-14, 08:40 PM
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Call the contractor first thing in the morning. Meantime leave the breaker in the off position.
 
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Old 10-26-14, 08:41 PM
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With many breakers you have to push them fully to off and then turn back on to reset them.
If it won't stay set and it keeps tripping.....STOP.... don't keep trying it. You may have caused a short inside that box you hit with the hood. Have the electrician check it out.
 
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Old 10-27-14, 04:48 AM
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one of the breakers does not turn on fully, it shows red through the window and is a bit loose, though not fully in the middle. The first time I switched it off and back on it produced a spark.
The breaker is tripped and won't reset, call your contractor.
 
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Old 10-27-14, 06:29 AM
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Clearly a reason to double check any exposed wires if live or dead. Shame of contractor for leaving a live box open and wire ends not capped off.
 
 

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